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What's been happening at Cadogan Financial - July 2024


We are currently undertaking a project to assess the framework governing the operation of alternative investment funds in Azerbaijan, with a view to facilitating their development.

Understanding Investment Fund Management

Our online interactive and self-paced course Understanding Investment Fund Management is available through the Investment Association, £395 + VAT for non-members and £295 + VAT for members – click here for more information.

The course is made up of thirteen modules, including a randomly generated test, and takes around ten hours to study.


March 2024

Training courses at Investment2020

On Wednesday 6th and Friday 8th March we provided courses on understanding open ended investment funds for I2020 trainees at the Investment Association. Here's what some of the participants said:

"I really enjoyed the enthusiastic approach to explaining the processes and the keen focus on asking questions."

"Both Sally and Mark did an absolutely fabulous job facilitating an engaging workshop packed with lots of knowledge. They were both really personable and had a great ability to connect with their audience. And it was very evident that they were experts in their field! What I enjoyed most of the event was that I thought you got a clear picture of all the components making up the Investment Fund Management picture. As fabulous of a job as they did, I thought that because the duration was quite long and content-heavy, it would have been good to have two smaller breaks instead of a long one. I am really glad that I attended this session!"

"Engaging and knowledgeable speakers; learnt plenty around fund structures and consumer duty in a greatly enjoyable session."

"I liked how informative Sally and Mark were and how much knowledge they had about the industry."

Investment2020 is focused on creating a more diverse and inclusive investment industry and since 2013 has helped more than 2,200 young aspiring professionals start their career in investment management.

More information on I2020 can be found here.

January 2024

Pro bono training for I2020 trainees in March 2024

We will be providing training courses on understanding open ended investment funds for two groups of I2020 trainees at the Investment Association during March 2024. I2020, which is part of the Investment Association, is focused on creating a more diverse and inclusive investment industry and has helped more than 2,200 young aspiring professionals start their career in investment management. More information on I2020 can be found here.



March 2023

Investment 2020

We will be delivering two mornings of pro bono training for around forty trainees from Investment20/20, the Investment Association initiative that seeks to increase diversity in the investment management sector, on 2 and 9 March at the Investment Association offices in London. One aim is that the training will reinforce the understanding they will already have gained from studying the modules of our online Understanding Investment Fund Management course, that covers the fundamentals of the market, to which we have also given them free access. The other is to explain what is involved in the new FCA Consumer Duty being implemented from the end of July this year.


February 2023

Coaching sessions

We've recently developed and delivered a series of short sessions for a global fund management firm which sets out the context and outlines the implications of the new Offshore Funds Regime governing the marketing of foreign retail funds in the UK; plus the implications of the UK's ongoing requirement for use of the UCITS KIID instead of the PRIIPs KID, now required for EEA UCITS.


January 2023

An enjoyable return to Albania

We've enjoyed working in Albania again and visiting our old haunts (food-wise, Fiore is still living up to its high standards, we are glad to report!). We spent the first two weeks of December in Tirana delivering daily workshops for the Albanian Financial Supervisory Authority and market participants on the implications of the draft regulatory framework for capital markets which has been developed under Law No 62 of 2020 on Capital Markets – a law which we helped to draft under a previous Project.


October 2022

Specialist course for industry service providers

In September 2022 we worked with the Investment Association to develop and deliver a specially designed one-day in-house training course for around twenty staff of a technology service provider to the investment management sector. The focus was on achieving a general understanding of the key drivers of the sector; and a more detailed grasp of the processes involved in retail investment fund management.


May 2021

Enhancing mutual fund development

As part of a project we have been looking at measurements of success of mutual fund sectors and what makes domestic mutual funds markets successful in different countries and thinking about the contribution of two key factors – sales and performance. It turns out that countries can appear very successful in terms of growth in assets under management, but this may be due to performance (rise in value of underlying assets) rather than sales (attracting new money). Measuring success by mutual fund assets under management expressed as a percentage of GDP may also make one country's domestic fund sector look as if it is growing more than it is: assuming two countries' assets under management increase to the same degree, if the GDP of country A is not expanding fast, it will perform better on this measure than country B whose GDP is rising faster.

The USA is the biggest fund domestic market in the world but it ranks second to Australia on mutual fund assets under management expressed as a percentage of GDP. Australia's scale is largely due to mandatory second pillar pensions using mutual funds as underlying investments. Retirement savings also play a major part in the US market.

But that leads on to another thought – if a fairly high proportion of a mutual fund sector invests in equities, as in Australia, the UK and the USA, then assets under management will rise (and fall) in line with equity markets which will make those markets expand (and contract) more than countries with larger money market and bond fund sectors, like Brazil.

The UK has been 'living off the farm' with rising assets under management due to rises in markets given the UK fund industry's predominantly equity exposure but with new sales as a percentage of assets under management hardly growing at all.

We also been studying Malaysia, a success story, where unit trusts now form the basis of the nation's non-bank savings with nearly two thirds of the population holding unit trust accounts either as part of their retirement savings or directly.

We have also charted the astonishing rise of China's public funds industry where sales of funds have leapt from bank counters directly to mobile devices thanks to the money market fund Yu'e Bao, which started simply by paying a higher rate of interest that bank savings which were subject to a regulatory cap and offering access to this via Alipay. It became the largest money market fund in the world in 2017 thought it has since lost this crown. Chinese investors, having grown accustomed to this way of deploying their savings, are now accessing a wide range of other types of fund in the same way.


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